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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces learn how to use an NLAW anti-tank launcher during a training session.
Members of the Territorial Defence Forces learn how to use an NLAW anti-tank launcher during a training session. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Good Afternoon, Portland! You're wasting, wasting a chance you're chasing / Why you so afraid to face it? / Cloudy is your current condition / Change of gov.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• A recent poll of nearly 622 Portland voters found that 80 percent of them feel Portland's current model of city government isn't working. The Mercury's Abe Asher breaks down what that could mean for the upcoming election season.

PDX Eater reports that Portland's internationally recognized foodie fest Feast will return this fall with a three- day weekend of events that expands its borders to the surrounding Willamette Valley.

• In a city mostly known for stand-up, where the up-and-coming energy seems focused on improv, sketch comedy duo the Aces are a unique creative force in this city. Read MY REVIEW on their latest show, which is running for two more weekends:

• If your weekend plans involve getting properly creeped out, take a step into the horror-story shoes of a respected Black woman professor (played by Regina Hall) at a primarily white college in New England. Chase Hutchinson reviews the enigmatic and elusive debut feature from writer-director Mariama Diallo.

IN NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

• A week ago, there was a joke going around Ukrainian front lines about how many fighters planned on naming their next child after Javelin antitank weapons. Now there's a new contender for 2022 baby names: the British-made Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons (NGLAW).

• In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's considering a ban on the inclusion of medical debt on credit scores, three of the largest credit reporting agencies—Equifax, TransUnion and Experian—will voluntarily remove certain kinds of medical debt from credit reports.

• The US House of Representatives passed a federal version of the CROWN Act forward to the Senate today. The bill would explicitly prohibit raced-based hair discrimination for hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, and Afros. Oregon has had its own version of the CROWN Act since 2021.

• I don't know about you, but I feel like a complete monster when I go indoors without first slipping on a mask. Turns out that feeling is kicking around everywhere as workers and consumers try to navigate masking, now that it's tied more to etiquette instead of protocol:

• Feeling thirsty? The Mercury’s HIGHBALL ain't over yet! We've got your delicious, specialty $6 cocktails all the way through SUNDAY, March 20!

• Sound on for the best version of the "So, I'm addicted to this" meme to kick off this blessed weekend.

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